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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scarborough Jazz Festival September 28 - Evening.

Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet.
Collins (tpt/flg); Allen (ten.sop); Ross Stanley (org); Enzo Zirilli (dms).
(Review by Lance - Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare)
A powerhouse set with blistering tenor from Allen, cool fully toned trumpet and flugel from Collins, mighty organ and bass pedals from Stanley and more impressive drumming from the man from Torino. A program of originals by both front line men that ranged from the boppy opener What's it Gonna Be? to the closing number - another quizzical one - Why? In between there was Beauty in Quiet Places with mellow flugel horn, Oscar's Lullaby - dedicated to one of the leaders' young child, The Paw of Discontent - dedicated to one of the leaders' - I forget which one - cat, Dark Shadows which was inspired by Hammer movies and Teeth For Two based on a tune of a similar name.
Superb opener to the evening.
Jim Birkett Trio and guests.
Birkett (gtr); Paul Baxter (bs); Paul Tilley (dms); Tom Harrison (alt).
(Review and photo by Lance.)
In between sets the Jim Birkett Trio laid down some nice standards such as Out of Nowhere, A Nightingale Sang in you know where,, One Note Samba and in their next intermission riff Tom Harrison blew some good alto that lost nothing in comparision to some of the more illustrious names appearing in the main hall. Prelude to a Kiss was particularly interesting. - Photos.
Darius Brubeck Quartet.
Brubeck (pno); Dave O'Higgins (ten/sop); Matt Ridley (bs); Wesley Gibbens (dms).
(Review by Lance - Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare.)
Brubeck, without his brothers (or his father!) gave a choice mix of Dave Brubeck hits and his own compositions. Dave O'Higgins was superb looking the epitome of cool in light grey suit and matching tie. As in most Brubeck concerts whether senior or junior the finale was Take Five but the stand out number was In Your Own Sweet Way - a tune that can walk tall in any company and this quartet more than did it proud - they deified it in my eyes/ears. 
Others that stood out were Lion at the Bar; Cathy's Summer, Raverley Street and Years Ago.
Very enjoyable and young Darius is doing his father proud.
Martin Taylor (gtr) & Alan Barnes (clt.).
(Review by Lance - Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare.)
This was a delightful vignette with Martin Taylor taking time out from adding photos to his Facebook page to join compere Barnes for a duo set that was positively sparkling in an ethereal, sepulchral way.
Touches of Goodman from the Barnes clarinet on Jersey Bounce ably aided and abetted by Martin Taylor who showed no signs of being daunted at having to follow Jim Birkett! Willow Weep For Me was haunting in its plaintive melody. A surprising tribute to Acker Bilk on Stranger on the Shore, more BG on Gone With The Wind.  Ain't Misbehavin' saw Taylor demonstrate what lovely chords this tune can handle, Seraphina one of MT's originals, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Be My Love (that's right - the Mario Lanza classic that was perfectly Taylored for the duo if you'll excuse my awful pun) and finally, The Song is You - no guys, the song tonight was definitely You.
Chapeaux!
Lance.

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